Forced Flu Shot Unlikely in New York for 2020

Could come back after election

September 24, 2020 — Two weeks ago NY Health Commish Howard Zucker called for mandatory flu shots in New York to attend school. John Gilmore immediately released an action alert to call Governor Cuomo and legislators to voice our strong opposition to this insane, unnecessary idea.

Shortly after this action Cuomo was asked about Zucker’s comments and the Governor played dumb; as if he had never heard of the idea before. I recently spoke with John Gilmore and he found the idea of Cuomo not knowing what Zucker said to be laughable. According to Gilmore, Cuomo is a micromanager and certainly told Zucker to make the public statement about mandatory flu shots. Basically Cuomo floated a trial balloon.

The balloon didn’t float.

We are 40 days away from the election, and all of Albany (sans Cuomo) is up for reelection. In New York mandatory flu and HPV vaccination has always been extremely unpopular. Some Albany Democrats recently released statements stating they are against mandatory flu vaccinations because they know how unpopular the idea is and don’t want to lose on November 3rd.

It appears we have dodged this bullet; for now. How quickly this one will rear its head again all depends on the election results. If the Democrats keep their super-majority in Albany, mandatory flu shots will be right back on the table very fast.

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(Note – pic of Cuomo allegedly getting flu shot at the top of this report is from 2019, not 2020. I never believe photo-ops like this one. Highly likely he posed for the shot, but never got the shot)